Perennialism in the Nigerian educational system

  • AF Oyelade University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria


This paper attempts to find out how much of perennialism, a modern philosophy of education, is found in Nigeria's 6-3-3-4 educational system; and the extent to which such perennialism, or lack of it, could affect the scientific and vocational development expected from Nigeria's education. It was observed that the 6-3-3-4 education has placed too much emphasis on scientific and vocational development, and little emphasis on the cultivation of rational and moral development, which could be got from liberal education. It is therefore suggested that the core subjects of the 6-3-3-4 system should include more subjects in the areas of liberal education whereby children would be trained in the cultivation of rational, moral and disciplined behaviour.

The Nigerian Journal of Guidance and Counselling Vol. 9(1) 2004: 163-170

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